Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Woodbridge Stake Public Affairs Council!

We hope you are enjoying the peace and joy of the Savior, Jesus Christ this Christmas.

We hope that you have enjoyed the Christmas season and the chance to focus more on the Savior and how He is the Light of the World.  Hopefully you have found opportunities to Light the World with His light.

Quantico Ward Seminary Teacher Aimee Walburger  shared the following photo of how her seminary class tracked their Light the World service opportunities. She explained, “All the dots of color on this Christmas tree represent individual acts of lighting the world by students in my seminary class over the past 18 days.”

light the world tree

Visit mormon.org to watch the final Light the World video which shows how people all over the world have been serving others in the Light the World campaign.

Please continue to share the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, with the world by serving as others as He did.  We will continue to post stories of how you light the world. Please share.

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Our Divine Destiny

Do you know who you really are?  What difference does it make in your life to know that you are a child of God?  Let this video remind you and consider sharing it with someone who needs to feel that God is aware of each of us.

Woodbridge Youth Find Strength and Faith in Honoring Past

By Ian M. Houston 

As they trekked across the majestic summer hills and valleys of Hume, Virginia, pushing and pulling pioneer era handcarts in period clothing, the youth of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke of teamwork, family, pioneer heritage, sacrifice, prayer, and faith in God.

Erin Austin, 15, of the Bristow Ward said, “I really enjoyed seeing how difficult it was for our ancestors to trek all the way to Zion, and even though ours was not even remotely as difficult as theirs, we were all able to understand how strong their faith had to be.”

Trek Handcart family

130 youth and 30 adult leaders were unified in their mission to push forward and as a group to honor the sacrifice made by Mormon pioneers who made the arduous journey across  America’s heartland and over the Rocky Mountains to find a new home and refuge in the uninhabited Salt Lake Valley.

Nathan Christensen, 17, formerly of the Lake Ridge 2nd Ward, traveled from his home in Minnesota back to Virginia for this year’s Trek. He said, “I learned that not all trials are ones you can get through on your own. I realized the first day–I can’t push this handcart by myself. I need other people.”

Trek family

A common theme for many of the youth prior to arriving and leaving the comforts of home was expressed by Jordan Roderick, 17, of the Bristow Ward who said, “At first I didn’t think Trek was going to be a good experience, but that changed when I met my family.”  He added, “I had the best Trek family anyone could wish for – my ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’ and siblings were great and we got along very well.” Roderick said he enjoyed “sitting around the campfire and telling stories and singing songs with them.”

Events that particularly left an impression on the youth were the “Women’s Pull” and the morning of reflection on the last day.  Leah Gaush, 18, of the Lake Ridge I Ward said, “Before we started the women’s pull, we sang together the hymn As Sisters in Zion, and I came to know of the unity, strength, and divinity of women in the church. The errand of angels is given to women.”

Trek Caitlin McClain

During the morning of reflection, the youth dotted green hills, rocky areas, and paths, pondering and praying individually while reading poignant letters from their parents.  They then gathered as a group for a special and sacred testimony meeting with their leaders in the woods.  At this gathering, Woodbridge Stake President Clark Price sincerely thanked all leaders for their efforts to organize this event, and praised the youth for their faith and commitment.

Trek Testimony Meeting

A New Perspective of Sacred Sundays

If you have a few minutes before going to church, you might consider reading The Chapel: Our Sabbath Sanctuary from Elder M. Russell Ballard.  It might enhance your perspective of the Chapel and your Sabbath experience.

In the Chapel

If you have some free time today and are looking for activities to help your children have the right perspective of the Sabbath, check out this article. It is full of ideas for Sunday activities for all different ages.

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We would love to post your thoughts about Sacred Sundays on this blog.  Please send an email to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com and let us know what helps you keep the right perspective on the Sabbath.